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Exam #1 Study Guide CRJ 270-1001


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This guide is based off of chapters 1-4 of the textbook, "Criminology" (Author: T.D. Miethe; Publisher: CJ Reasearch).
Introduction to Criminology
Dr. Terance Miethe
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Criminal Justice, criminology, introduction to criminology, intro to criminology, Criminal Justice/Criminology, Law
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Date Created: 09/05/16
Course: CRJ 270-1001 Exam #1 Study Guide (Highlight= key term) • Chapter #1 • criminology-the scientific approach to the study of criminology behavior What are the three general areas covered within criminology? • • law making • Example • Why are particular types of harmful behavior considered criminal acts, but other types of harms are not illegal? • Differences in definitions of crime across jurisdictions • law enforcement Example • • The responses to crime by police, prosecutors, judges, and other officials within the criminal justice system law breaking • • Example • The extent, causes, consequences, characteristics, motivations, justifications for criminal behavior and its social and spatial distribution • What is the difference between the etiology and epidemiology of crime? • Etiology of crime refers to the “causes” of crime (which can be biological, psychological, or • sociological) • Epidemiology of crime refers to the social, spatial, and temporal distribution of crime • • Why is it important to study crime? • Personal Relevance • about 50% of Americans will fall victim to violent crime • 90% property crime • Employment Opportunties • at least 20 million are arrested for crime Naive Fascination (Who Done it?) • • What are the components of the scientific method according to criminal justice? • Step 1: Data Collection Agency reports (i.e. police reports) • • Surveys of Victims and Offenders • Step 2: Data Analysis • Comparative/Historical Analysis • Model/Descriptive Arrest Histories • Chapter #2 • What is the difference between the 3 primary ways of defining crime? Normative/Moral Definitions • • Norms-shared views of what someone ought or ought not to do as members of a society • Suggests that everyone in a society: • murder is wrong and the punishment for it should be death or life imprisonment  • simply insulting someone is not serious enough to be punished by law   • often the basis in small, agrarian and/or tribal societies  • high level of agreement toward the seriousness and punishment of crime  • severely punish violations to customs and taboos • Legal/Legalistic Definitions • crime is a violation of legal rules. • crime is law-violating behavior that involves a physical act (acts reus), a mental state (mens rea), and concurrence (the union of the physical and mental elements) • The act must involve conscious, voluntary, public harm. • the offender must have criminal intent, which can be: • purposeful knowingly • • recklessly • negligently • law must specify a punishment for any criminal act and the act must be illegal at the time it was committed  • Labeling/Interactionist Definitions • no behavior is inherently criminal  • definitions of crime are socially constructed by those in power  • derives from conflict theory, assumes that the criminal law is an instrument used by the ruling class and powerful groups to protect their interests and privileges • What model defines crimes as both behavior and as a label? • Becker’s model • two questions: • (1) Is the person involved in law violating behavior? • (2) What is the societal/reaction to that person (are they perceived as a criminal)? • 4 distinct types of crime/criminals • Non-criminal • Secret Criminal • Falsely Accused Criminals • • Chapter #3 • What are the major purposes or functions of criminal law? • (1) reinforcing public standards of morality by strictly enforcing particular laws and punishments  • (2) protecting society as a whole by incapacitating criminals in jails and prisons, and using the threat of swift, certain, and severe punishment to deter future criminal behavior  • (3) creating laws that legitimize the behavior of a few and criminalizing/ penalizing behavior that threatens the elite’s interests  (4) maintain and regulate social order and social relations  • • (5) provide a forum for state punishment that discourages acts of revenge by individuals/groups  • (6) provide a basis for social engineering  • What is social engineering? • social engineering- using the criminal law to eliminate undesirable social problems and to promote constructive social changes.  • Chapter #4 • What is the correlation between social complexity and crime? • Step 1: Industrialization/ Urbanization/ Modernization/ Population Growth Step 2: Breakdown of Bonds/ Density & Competition/ Wealth and Inequality/ • Diversity & Heterogeneity • Step 3: Alienation and Anomie  • Step 4: Higher levels of Crime  • What is the difference between “Pre-industrial” and “Industrial” society? • Pre-industrial society • relatively small in size • relatively simple way of dividing labor  • homogeneous population • social norms are maintained by imposing informal social control • informal social control- when behavior is regulated by non-state authority (i.e. family, friends, and neighbors). • Any way trying to commit crimes will face retribution retribution- e.g. the eye-for-eye doctrine  • • Some display collective responsibility • collective responsibility- a crime is a private wrong against a person but all members of the offending party’s family are responsible for the deviant act  • crime is relatively uncommon because: • (1) shared views among all members of the community about what is appropriate behavior  (2) the collective responsibility for crime  • • (3) the effectiveness of informal social controls that regulate one’s behavior  • Industrial society • population heterogeneity/diversity • a complex division of labor • unequal distribution of wealth • definitions of crime are based on the idea of legal norm violations  • crime is considered a public harm against the state and an individual responsibility  • social order is maintained by imposing formal social control  • although informal social control is still used it is not very effective  • Does an increase of crime occur as society changes? Not necessarily •


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